I was hoping to shoot as many underwater sessions this year and had such a slow start. Mainly because life got in the way. I was in basement bathroom renovation from hell since April. The pool I used opened in June but I had family BD celebrations and graduations parties. A 2 week trip to Italy with 2 teenage granddaughters having us back home and jet-lagged on July 12th. Mid July, still working on the bathroom and helping hubby with the remaining restoration of his 67 Mercury Cougar from a engine fire.
Finally got around to shooting the last week of July. Zthebug, a 5’10” mermaid with blue hair.
Charlotte a 5’1″ dancer was willing to try underwater photography the first week in August.
I even unsuccessfully attempted a night shoot with my cousin Michael. That day they had tree limbs cut and the pool was full of saw dust, plus I was shooting almost completely in the dark, using a flash that would send the light bouncing across the waves that were made. I couldn’t see Michael and Michael couldn’t see me. We hope to experiment with a night shoot again. Live and learn.
The weather was a tad unpredictable with clouds and lightning bolts in the forecast for over a week. Some of the days were sunny and bright, but the storms rolling through were sporadic and how to tell where they would hit and when. Hard to predict the forecast a week in advance.
Sunday 8/21, I scheduled Stacey, an actress, on one of those iffy days, with the thought that if worse came to worse I would shoot her in our studio/apt set up wearing the gown designed by Janel especially for my underwater shoot. The early morning rain ended and turned to bright sunshine. We drove to Arlene’s pool in Jersey.
Monday 8/22, I shot Mr 92, a student, at Pat’s pool.
Tuesday 8/23, Giordano and I splashed around Arlene’s pool.
Friday 8/26, my beautiful niece wanted to give it a go again with me.
Sunday 8/28, Stacey wants a second chance because she realized that in the majority of photos she had clamped her mouth shut. A gal I shot last year twice, we became text friends, might join us in the pool.
5 shoots in 7 days, that’s a record for me. Editing, minor retouching, sending images to models, uploading to my port and blogging in my spare time. Whew!!!! Sometimes I think I’m too old for this, and then hmmm, maybe this is what keeps me young.
Endless summer – my dream